Located at the southernmost part of Orange County, San Clemente is roughly halfway between San Diego and Los Angeles. The north entrance to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton is located at the south end of San Clemente.
Known as "The Spanish Village by the Sea," the city of San Clemente offers a magnificent coastline and beautiful beaches. With it's perpetual sunny weather and perfect waves, San Clemente is a surfer's paradise with it's beaches also ideal for swimming, body-boarding, hiking, volleyball, whale watching, fishing, surfing and diving.
A perfect spot for a weekend getaway with it's small town charm, San Clemente offers much for visitors and locals alike who enjoy local shopping on Avenida Del Mar, the city's many restaurants and cafés, art galleries, parks and the historic wooden fishing pier which is not far from the downtown area.
In 1969, President Richard Nixon purchased a Spanish mansion in San Clemente which became known as the "Western White House" and became the site of numerous historical meetings.